Protesters removed after disrupting UNC board meeting

— About a half dozen people were escorted from the meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Friday morning after speaking out against the appointment of Margaret Spellings as the system’s new president.

One by one, protesters in orange T-shirts rose, loudly identified themselves and finished their comments with “Spellings must go.”

After the protesters were removed from the meeting room inside the Center for School Leadership Development building, chanting could still be heard from outside the room.

About 50 people, most of them students, remained outside the meeting, hoping to be heard.

Before the meeting, campus police officers and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the building. Authorities did not say whether the search was in response to a threat.

Friday’s meeting is also the last for outgoing system president Tom Ross, who is stepping down Jan. 3. Ross headed the state’s 17 university campuses for four years. The Democrat worked with Republicans who took control of the General Assembly in 2011.

The BOG on Friday is expected to name an interim system president who will serve until Spellings, the former U.S. Education Secretary, takes over.

,About a half dozen people were escorted from the meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Friday morning after speaking out in turn against the appointment of Margaret Spellings as the system’s new president.

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